Kyle Benjamin Gibson...Twitter: @kgib44...wife Elizabeth (Straatmann)...daughter Hayden Leigh (3/6/14), son Mills (12/29/16)...2006 graduate of Greenfield-Central High School in Greenfield, IN...was a Louisville Slugger preseason All-American in 2006... named Hancock County Player of the Year...named Hoosier Heritage Conference Player of the Year...was a two-time Indianapolis Star All-East team selection ...attended University of Missouri in Columbia, MO and was a communications major...went 28-10, 3.66 ERA (261.0 IP, 106 ER) with 61 walks, 304 strikeouts and seven complete games in 63 career games (29 starts) for the Tigers...participates annually in Twins Winter Caravan...is involved with Cheerful Givers, an association that supports helping children in need, providing gifts to disadvantaged children ..annually hosts a fantasy football league to benefit various charities including the Twins Community Fund and Big League Impact... given 2017 Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award, voted on by the Twins Community Fund Board of Directors...established a community ticket program that provides Twins tickets to Christian and inner-city youth groups.
Made Twins Opening Day roster for fourth time in career and was club's number three starter...Went 0-4, 8.20 ERA (26.1 IP, 24 ER) in first six starts and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester May 4...Made two starts for the Red Wings, going 0-2, 2.92 ERA (12.1 IP, 4 ER) and was recalled from Rochester May 22 (Phil Hughes, disabled list)...Upon return from Rochester, went 12-6, 4.44 ERA (131.2 IP, 65 ER) in 23 starts from May 22 through the end of the season...Optioned to Rochester for second time July 24 when the Twins acquired left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia...recalled August 5...Went 6-0, 2.92 ERA (49.1 IP, 16 ER) with 10 walks and 46 strikeouts in eight starts from August 22 through the end of the season, establishing a career high with an active six-game winning streak...Ranked second on Twins staff in innings pitched (158.0) and starts (29), and third in wins (12) and strikeouts (121)...Was supported with 138 runs, tied with Carlos Carrasco for the most in baseball...his 7.86 run support average led baseball (minimum 150.0 IP)...Induced 26 ground ball double plays, third-most in AL and fifth-most in baseball...Given 2017 Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award, voted on by the Twins Community Fund Board of Directors.
Made third career Opening Day roster and was club's number two starter...Placed on 15-day disabled list April 26 with a right shoulder strain; made three starts between Single-A Ft. Myers and Triple-A Rochester and was returned from rehab assignment and reinstated June 10...Recorded first win of season June 28 at Chicago-AL, pitching 7.0 shutout innings, snapping five-game losing streak to start season...Set season-high and tied career-high with 8.0 innings pitched July 22 at Boston, allowing just one run on two hits and earned the win; only run allaowed was Mookie Betts' leadoff homer...Pitched second career complete game August 17 at Atlanta, allowing three runs on eight hits with three walks and six strikeouts; made five plate appearances (0-for-4, walk, run), tying a Twins record and most for a Twins pitcher since Johan Santana June 19, 2007 at New York-NL...Set season-high with eight strikeouts (6.1 IP) in final start September 29 at Kansas City...Pitched 5.0-plus innings in 23 starts, 6.0-plus in 12 starts and 7.0-plus in five starts...Held right-handed batters to a .273 (84-for-308) batting average and left-handed batters to a .326 (91-for-279) average...Induced 21 ground ball double plays, tied for fifth most in the AL...Ranked second on Twins staff in innings pitched (147.1), and third in starts (25) and strikeouts (104), and tied for third in wins (6).
Made second career Opening Day roster and was club's third starter....Posted a 20.0-inning scoreless streak April 26-May 12, tied for 10th longest in AL in 2015...posted a 19.2-scoreless inning streak September 8-19, the 14th longest in the AL...was only pitcher in baseball to post multiple scoreless inning streaks of 19.2-or-longer....Set season-high and tied career-high with 8.0 innings pitched May 1 vs. Chicago-AL, allowing just four hits in a Twins 1-0 victory...tied season-high 8.0 innings pitched three more times: May 24 at Chicago-AL, July 2 at Kansas City and a complete game September 8 at Kansas City....Went 3-1, 1.36 ERA (39.2 IP, 6 ER) with nine walks and 24 strikeouts in six May starts...the 1.36 ERA led the AL and ranked fifth best in baseball...39.2 innings pitched were tied for seventh most in the AL....Set career-high with nine strikeouts June 5 vs. Milwaukee (7.0 IP)....Set career-high with four straight wins June 27-July 12, posting an ERA of 1.30 (27.2 IP, 4 ER) in that span....Posted a 2.85 ERA (113.2 IP, 36 ER) in 18 starts pre-All-Star break, the fourth lowest ERA for a Twins starter since 1992 (minimum 80.0 innings pitched), trailing Francisco Liriano (1.83 in 2006), Johan Santana (2.75 in 2007) and Brad Radke (2.77 in 1998)....Pitched first career complete game September 8 at Kansas City, but was dealt the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in 8.0 innings pitched....Earned 10th win September 13 at Chicago-AL, pitching 7.2 scoreless innings, marking his second straight double-digit win season....Set single-season career-high with 32nd start September 29 at Cleveland, earning his 11th and final win with 6.0 shutout innings, while tying his season/career-high of nine strikeouts....Ranked fourth in baseball in groundball double plays induced (27) and ranked second on club, trailing Mike Pelfrey (29)...also ranked fourth in baseball in groundball-doubleplays-per-9.0 IP (1.25) and 10th in ground ball-per-fly ball ratio (2.37)....Led Twins in innings pitched (194.2), starts (32), strikeouts (145), quality starts (17) and tied with Phil Hughes for most wins (11)....Pitched 6.0-plus innings in 20 starts and 7.0-plus in 10 starts....Given Joseph W. Haynes Award for Twins Pitcher of the Year voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Made first career Opening Day as the club's fifth starter...Won each of first three starts becoming the first Twin since Livan Hernandez (2008) to make theTwins starting rotation and start the season with three straight victories...Pitched 8.0 shutout innings April 17 vs. Toronto (Game 1), which lowered his ERA to 0.93... according to Elias Sports Bureau, since the original Washington Senators relocated to Minnesota in 1961, the only other Twins pitchers to win their first three starts of a season while posting an ERA below 1.00 were Bill Krueger in 1992 (0.75 ERA) and Francisco Liriano in 2006 (0.56 ERA)...Went 37.0 innings without allowing a home run to start the season, his streak was snapped May 10 vs. Detroit by Miguel Cabrera...Recorded first major league hit in fourth career at-bat June 2 at Milwaukee, singling off Matt Garza...Went 4-1, 1.54 ERA (41.0 IP, 7 ER) with opponents hitting .213 (33-for-155) in first six home starts April 11-June 7...Posted a 22.0 scoreless inning streak June 2-18, the fifth longest in club history for a starter (Elias); fifth longest for an AL starter in 2014...Struck out season-high and set new single-game career-high with eight strikeouts June 18 at Boston; struck out eight again September 23 vs. Arizona...Went 3-2, 3.16 ERA (37.0 IP, 13 ER) in six June starts...Earned 10th win August 3 at Chicago-AL, allowing three runs on six hits in 7.0 innings pitched...Ranked second on Twins staff in wins (13), starts (31), innings pitched (179.1) and third in strikeouts (107)...Allowed just 12 home runs, tied for third fewest in the AL (minimum 170.0 innings pitched) and tied for sixth fewest in baseball...Posted a 0.60 home run-per-9.0 innings pitched ratio, the seventh lowest in the AL...Posted a ground ball percentage of 55.8%, the fifth highest in the AL...posted a 2.32 groundball-per-flyball ratio, the fourth highest in the AL...Posted an ERA of 1.31 (96.0 IP, 14 ER) in his 13 wins and 8.10 ERA (83.1 IP, 75 ER) in his 12 losses...Pitched 6.0-plus innings in 20 of his 31 starts and 7.0-plus in 13 starts.
Participated in Twins major league spring training for the first time in his career and was optioned March 14...started the season with Triple-A Rochester... Named Twins minor league Pitcher of the Week May 12 after pitching a complete game shutout May 8 at Toledo, allowing four hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts, earning the win... Pitched second complete game shutout May 19 at Lehigh Valley, allowing three hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts, earning the win; had a no-hitter broken up with two outs in the eighth inning...became first Red Wings pitcher to toss two complete game shutouts in a season since Nick Blackburn in 2007... Posted a 20.0-inning scoreless streak from May 14-30... Went 5-0, 2.19 ERA (49.1 IP, 12 ER) with opponents batting .199 in seven starts from May 19-June 20 and was recalled by Minnesota June 25... At the time of his promotion, ranked first among International League pitchers in shutouts (2), tied for third in wins (7) and strikeouts (79), fourth in innings pitched (92.2), sixth in WHIP (1.14), and eighth in ERA (3.01)... Made Major League debut June 29 vs. Kansas City, allowing two runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings pitched with no walks and five strikeouts, earning the win...according to Elias, the win and five strikeouts made him just the third Twin to win their major league debut while striking out five-or-more batters, the others being Bert Blyleven in 1970 at RFK Stadium against Washington and Darrell Jackson in 1978 at Metropolitan Stadium against Detroit; they each had seven strikeouts...with the win, he became the 10th Twin to win in their debut as starter, first since Anthony Swarzak May 23, 2009 vs. Milwaukee... Went 2-4, 6.53 ERA (51.0 IP, 37 ER) with 20 walks and 29 strikeouts in 10 starts for Minnesota and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester August 19... Made two starts for the Red Wings, going 0-0, 1.86 ERA (9.2 IP, 2 ER) August 25-30 and was shut down for the season...ended the season with 27 starts and 154.0 innings pitched between Rochester and Minnesota... Named right-handed starter on MiLB.com Twins organizational All-Star team.
Made first start with GCL Twins July 10 vs. GCL Red Sox while on rehab assignment after recovering from "Tommy John" surgery on right elbow. ... Transferred to Single-A Ft. Myers August 12 and made two starts, allowing two runs on six hits in 7.0 innings pitched. ... Transferred to Triple-A Rochester August 24 and made two starts, allowing seven runs on 11 hits in 6.2 innings pitched. ... Combined to go 0-2, 4.13 (28.1 IP, 13 ER) with 26 hits allowed, six walks and 33 strikeouts in 13 games (11 starts) between three levels. ... Pitched for Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, going 3-2, 5.40 (23.1 IP, 14 ER) with eight walks and 28 strikeouts in six starts. ... Named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week for Week 2, going 1-0, allowing six hits and one run with eight strikeouts and no walks in 5.0innings...named to AFL's Top Prospect team and was ranked fourth best prospect in the AFL by Baseball America. ... Ranked fourth best prospect and best slider in the Twins system by Baseball America entering the 2013 season. ... Added to the Twins 40-man roster in November.
Spent season at Triple-A Rochester and started 18 games...named International League Pitcher of the Week May 23-29 after going 2-0, 1.42ERA with 18 strikeouts in 12.2 innings...selected to All-Star Futures Game in Arizona, going 1.1 innings while giving up two hits and no runs...placed on disabled list August 2 with an injury to right arm, ending his season...had "Tommy John" surgery on right elbow September 7...rankedeighth best prospect and best slider in the Twins minor league system by Baseball America entering the 2012 season.
Began the season with Single-A Ft. Myers, losing his first professional start, April 8 at Bradenton...Won his next four decisions, April 13-May 10, including his first win, April 13 at Charlotte...Tossed a complete game shutout, allowing one hit, April 29 at Jupiter...Named Twins Minor League Player of the Week, May 1, after going 1-0 with one run allowed, five hits, five walks and 10 strikeouts in twostarts (14.0 ip)...also earned Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors, May 3...Promoted to Double-A New Britain, May 11...earned the win while striking out 10 in his first start with the Rock Cats, May 15 at Harrisburg...Won each of his first three starts for the Rock Cats, including a 7.0-inning complete game, May 25 vs. New Hampshire...Named Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, going 5-0, 1.62 (39.0 ip, 7 er) with 10 walks and 35 strikeouts in six startsbetween Ft. Myers and New Britain...Named to the Eastern League All-Star Team, representing the Eastern Division, pitching 1.0 scoreless inning...Promoted to Triple-A Rochester, August 12 and made three starts for the Red Wings...pitched 5.2 innings, 5.0 and 5.0 innings in thosethree starts...Disabled for remainder of season with a left ankle sprain, August 26...Recipient of the Jim Rantz Award, given to the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year...the ninth Twins minor leaguer to be given the award...Ranked as top prospect in the Twins' organization as well as best slider and best change-up by Baseball America, entering the 2011 season...Named to Minor League Baseball dot com's 2010 Twins organizational All-Star team.
Ranked third-best prospect and best slider in the Twins' system by Baseball America, entering 2010...also ranked 61st on BaseballAmerica's top 100 pre-2010 rankings.